Here’s a project that will help you save on electricity from your dryer and eliminate the need for fabric softener. Wool dryer balls are simple to make and can cut your drying time by 25 to 50 percent by separating clothing and allowing warm air to circulate more evenly. By soaking up some of the moisture and circulating it as warm humid air, you’ll have less static and fewer wrinkles. You won’t need to purchase fabric softener, which is expensive, isn’t recommended for certain articles (towels, cloth diapers) because it reduces absorbency, can leave a film on your clothing and is made from chemicals that can irritate skin. Wool dryer balls are simple to make while you’re watching television, environmentally friendly and will last about five years. For directions on how to make them, visit our sister site, Living on the Cheap.